I’ve been coming to work late every Sunday (our work week start on a Sunday here in the Middle East) since the school opened again. I was late last week, was late again today. Commute to work is THREE times slower than normal…which is abnormal.
While stuck in the traffic jam, hopelessly letting out sighs of disbelief and surrender, I looked around and saw so many cars with children inside (some with only one child): parents or a team of driver and maid (common scenario here!) doing the school run. Parents who has the time to take their children to school before going to work or parents (moms) who stay at home.
I tweeted about it and a mom replied: “it’s about making the time to collect your own kids and ensuring their safety.”
I understand but sadly, this is not the case as I see so many parents letting their children loose inside their cars. Children in uniform and sometimes smaller non-school going siblings bouncing off the front seat. Also, it’s not like the buses are dangerous. The Roads and Transport Authority has enforced strict speed limits, bus facilities and dedicated drivers to man the school buses. Personally, my daughter’s school ensures the safety of the children with strict rules on seat belts and hiring a bus assistant (female) to supervise them inside the bus.
I am not saying everyone should send their children to school via the school bus because hey, there is no right or wrong – the right way is the one that works for your family. Parents can take their children to school in the way they feel is the safest. I’m just saying that as long as more and more parents choose to send their children to school using their own cars instead of greener collective transport, they will certainly contribute to more traffic.
(I can’t do the school run in the morning or pick up my daughter in school because of work but I do wake up very early to make her lunch box and so she can catch her bus at 6:40 am!)
Are you a parent in Dubai? Do you do the school run yourself or have your children take the school bus?